(Daily Caller News Foundation) — A columnist for The New York Times sharply criticized President Joe Biden’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge his seventh grandchild in a Saturday opinion piece.
Hunter Biden fathered Navy Joan Roberts, now four years old, with former exotic dancer Lunden Roberts out of wedlock. Joe Biden consistently refuses to acknowledge her as one of his grandchildren, with White House staff reportedly instructed that the president only has six grandchildren.
“What the Navy story reveals is how dated and inauthentic the 80-year-old president’s view of family is,” Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in her column, titled “It’s Seven Grandchildren, Mr. President.”
Hunter Biden has asserted that he does not remember his tryst with Lunden Roberts, even though she somehow ended up on his consulting firm’s payroll while she was pregnant with Navy Joan, Dowd notes in the column.
“The president’s cold shoulder — and heart — is counter to every message he has sent for decades, and it’s out of sync with the America he wants to continue to lead,” Dowd wrote. Legally, it is beyond question that Navy Joan Roberts is Hunter Biden’s daughter: he has settled with Lunden Roberts in a child support suit, and his relation to Navy Joan has been confirmed by paternity test.
REPORTER: "Hunter Biden and the child support – Are the President and First Lady monitoring that? And how come they haven't acknowledged the 7th grandchild?"
JEAN-PIERRE: "I'm not gonna speak to that from here."
REPORTER: "Why not?"
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— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 2, 2023
“Joe Biden’s mantra has always been that ‘the absolute most important thing is your family.’ It is the heart of his political narrative,” Dowd continued. “Empathy, born of family tragedies, has been his stock in trade. Callously scarring Navy’s life, just as it gets started, undercuts that.”
During the 2021 and 2022 Christmas seasons, Joe and Jill Biden hung up stockings with six of their grandchildren’s names, deliberately excluding Navy’s name from the decorations. Jill Biden also authored a children’s book in 2020 which she dedicated to six of her grandchildren, but not the seventh, Dowd noted in the column.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to answer questions about whether or not the president acknowledges his seventh grandchild Wednesday.
The White House did not respond immediately to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.